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Alas! I returneth with bow'd head wishing to regain my manliness

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It's been a decade and 5 days since I've posted on this forum. My wife and I had moved into our first home in December 2012. In August of 2014, I started to build the mancave that I had looked forward to for so long. Day 1 went like this: Head to the basement, layout the walls, cut lumber, frame walls, stand 4-1/2 walls, wife knocks on the basement door "Are you done yet?" Day 2 and onwards never materialized. I spent 6 years with 4-1/2 walls framed in my basement, didn't even make a box. I only closed out the furnace room, lol. Toddler, shift working wife, full-time career as a carpenter, a return to college for an Engineering diploma, a 2nd child and a motorcycle hobby kept me from completing my first ever man cave.

August of 2021, my wife and I bought out my mother-in-law's ownership of the house she and my father-in-law owned. Thinking she would take her money, move on, and live a happy life elsewhere. Father-in-law passed 2 months after the purchase, mother-in-law is still here making my life miserable, at least until December 9th. We have a 3-car garage, my plan is to take the 3rd garage, which has a dividing wall and separate garage door, and turn that into my new man cave. No walls to frame, just insulate, drywall, mud, paint, etc. Outlets are already in place. I have recently taken up golfing, so I will be installing a golf simulator (Optishot 2) with turf in there and a place to park my motorcycle. I've got a 50" TV I plan to place in there unless I can get my hands on a decent projector and screen. I'll take pictures and add them in later. Looking forward to actually having my space this time.
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No walls to frame, just insulate, drywall, mud, paint, etc. Outlets are already in place.
It sounds like you have open walls in the garage so far, so my main advice is simple. You don't have enough outlets. There are never enough outlets, and they're never in the right place. Once you put up drywall, you're locked in, so seriously consider putting a stupid amount of outlets in before that step. Maybe you'll want to hang a TV in the corner of the ceiling. You might want a high outlet. What about that projector? Ceiling outlet. Powered screen? Another ceiling outlet. Workbench, bar, fridge, freezer, margarita machine, disco ball, whatever.

Maybe you want wired internet in there. Surround sound? Security cameras?

Also, depending on your building code, you may be able to use something other that drywall. When I closed up my garage walls, drywall was very expensive. Not sure if that's still the case. I used OSB because it was 1/2 the price. Once I putty'd the screw holes and painted it, it suits me fine.

For insulation I went with Rockwool. It's better than the fibreglass stuff because it won't rot or mildew, and bugs don't like it. And it's nicer to work with (less itchy).

Good luck!
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